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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 21)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 21

Tomorrow many of us will sit down to a table laden with more food than we can possibly eat. What makes the meal complete for you… is it Grandma’s pumpkin pie or Mom’s special cranberry sauce or is it Aunt Mabel’s secret recipe for sweet potato casserole? What if you sat down at the table and all you found there was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of milk? Would you be content with that?

As I shared yesterday, Wayne and I have found that even in a tiny apartment we have enough. We have a safe, warm place to sleep, we have food in our cupboards and in our refrigerator, and we have clothing to wear, What more do we need?

The story is told of Andrew Carnegie who, on upon his death, bequeathed a million dollars to a particular relative. One would think that such a gift would make someone happy, right? Well, this relative was angry and outraged that Andrew would leave $365 million to charitable causes. One million dollars was not enough. He felt he was entitled to more than that.

How often do we have the same sense of entitlement towards God? Out of an attitude of discontent, we minimize the blessings we do have and whine that we deserve more, such as a bigger house or a better car or a promotion at work…etc. We confuse our WANTS with our NEEDS.

If you think about it, are we any different from Carnegie’s ungrateful relative? Are we satisfied with what we have or do we think we need more?

Gratitude In Action

What kinds of “wants” are you defining as “needs” in your life? Ask God to show you in what ways you have been blinded to His grace and then thank Him for giving you just enough.

Daily Devotions from Victory Church

The daily devotions from Victory Church are intended to help guide you through everyday life as you discover God’s purpose for you. We invite you to join our daily devotional email list by contacting us here. If you are interested in coming to visit Victory Church, we offer two Sunday Services – both traditional (8:30 AM) and contemporary (10:45 AM) – at our developing campus in the Eastlake community of Chula Vista, CA.

We hope you enjoy our various daily devotional series’ and hope to see you some Sunday soon!

Devotional Scripture

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:6-10 New International Version (NIV)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.